There’s no better way to celebrate Houston history than through dining, so patronize history in the making by supporting Houston’s Black-Owned restaurants.

Start with breakfast at the Breakfast Klub, owned by Marcus Davis. With Katfish and Grits and Wings and Waffles, expect pan-American and Cajun comfort for breakfast and lunch.

Connect to Cajun cooking this Mardi Gras season at Frenchy’s Chicken for an order of chicken with a side of dirty rice. Started by Frenchy Creuzot in 1969, this exploration of robust cajun flavors is also  Houston history. 

A bird of a different feather is offered at The Turkey Leg Hut. Originally a stand at the rodeo, this restaurant serves their signature Stuffed Turkey Legs and cajun sides, like their Swamp Fries or Big Boudin Balls.

Located in the museum district, Lucille’s is a dedication to the herstory Chef/Owner Chris Williams great-grandmother, Lucille Smith. Lucille’s serves up her recipes for Southern cuisine, like her Braised Oxtail or Yardbird. 

At Esther’s Soul Food and Cajun Cafe, Queen Esther pays homage to the Southern and Cajun cooking of her mother and great-grandmother. With Esther’s own family as staff, and the warm, inviting aromas and ambience, Esther’s welcomes you like family.

Defying dining expectations, Indigo is more experience than eatery. Chef Johnny Rhodes guides guests through a five course meal as an exploration of African American history and oppression. With only 13 seats, place reservations early.

Gatlin’s Barbecue and Catering offers a down-home experience with ribs, brisket, and Cajun-style sausage. Gatlin’s is the craft barbecue spot of Houston. Plan your schedule around your meal, because the line can trail out the door for this finger-lickin’ feast.


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Travel to the Caribbean without leaving your backyard. Reggae Hut, a Caribbean and Jamaican restaurant by Davis of Breakfast Klub fame, serves jerk seasoning on chicken, whole snapper, and even goat. Bright decor greets guests for a casual experience during lunch, and candles create a romantic atmosphere for dinner.


Finger licking good!!

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At Blue Nile Ethiopian dishes are brought out on soft injera. After enjoying some samosas and tibs, end the evening with some Ethiopian honey wine, or opt for a traditional coffee ceremony for everyone at the table.

For more libations, head over to either Onion Creek or Cedar Creek. While both offer coffee and sandwiches with a full bar, Cedar Creek has a larger beer selection and a cozy wood-burning fireplace. Onion Creek has more focus on food, with hot dogs and pizza on their menu.


New year, same Steak Night... for only $17! 😆🎉🥩

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Owned by wife and husband team, Keisha and Ryan Hazen, Cafeza proffers craft espresso paired with tapas. Stay for a sip or a spell, as Cafeza is open all day, breakfast to dinner. 

For vegetarians and vegans, Green Seed Vegan offers plant-based meals from smoothies to sandwiches. As one of the best vegan restaurants in the country, Green Seed provides a casual, eco-conscious dining experience.